You’re applying to business school. Your reasons for doing so are finely tuned, the timing in your career is right, and you know precisely which school you want to attend. What’s your plan of attack? Of all of the delicious pieces of the business school pie, which piece do you start off with? How big of a piece should you cut? Can you even eat this entire thing? The process of applying to business school is hardly as easy as pie. (And might I add, less than savory.)
Without a fleshed out game plan, applying to business school could easily turn into a gooey mess, not to mention a financial parasite, if you don’t take acceptance seriously. But Veritas Prep directors Omari Bouknight and Scott Shrum have got the process down pat, and since 2003 they have been simplifying the application process for prospective business school students everywhere with their book, Your MBA Game Plan: Proven Strategies for Getting Into the Top Business Schools.
Now in its third edition, Bouknight and Shrum’s Game Plan contains all the strategies and pointers necessary to get into the business school you want, not to mention insider tips on getting into specific, top tier schools. The book boils down the application process into a structured plan for how each applicant should go about building their application, which requires a daunting number of crucial components, like polished resumes, stellar letters of recommendation, better than average GMAT scores, and carefully edited admissions essays.
The book starts out by prefacing how the application process works, and what is expected of each potential business school applicant. From there, Bouknight and Shrum delve into the different dimensions of a perfect applicant, and discuss in great detail how students from various backgrounds should approach each one. In all honesty, reading this book feels as though someone is holding your hand through each component of the application, so you never feel overwhelmed or that you might not be good enough to get into the school you want. And as someone who is currently going through the application process herself, I can tell you the words ‘not good enough’ have been setting up shop in my head for weeks.
The Game Plan strategy allows you to carefully assess each part of the application, and how your background and what you can bring to the table, jives with your top schools. Not only does the book provide dozens of sample admissions essays and resumes with a wealth of feedback, but it provides insider tips, acceptance rates, program sizes, required years of work experience, and much more for 35 of the top global business schools: UCLA, Stanford, London Business School, Kellogg, and USC included. That kind of useful information condensed into one book is hard to find.
For more information, check out the MBA Game Plan blog, or find the book at Amazon and Google Books. Be sure to check out their Twitter feed too, to stay up to date on your top business school picks!